Bird Walks & Field Trips

Bird Walks

Monthly Bird Walk (1st of the month)

Bird Walks are meant to be a casual, local morning of birding. They are a great time to enjoy birds with others, find new areas to visit, and/or work on bird identification by sight and sound or to practice your eBird app with help when needed. These walks are usually easy to join or depart at any time during the morning, no commitment to participate in the entire walk if you have limited time. Please, only fully vaccinated participants at this time.

May’s bird walk:  Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge
Meeting time: 6:10am
Meeting location: Steigerwald NWR parking lot

It’s going to be an early start, but it’s opening day! Let’s check out the new trail and the birds using the new habitat! We will meet at the new parking lot, located to the west of the old parking lot, on the south side of SR14.

Contact Cindy at to with any questions or sign up for a walk.

Adverse winter weather may cause cancellation, registrants should check their email and/or texts the evening before for updates.

Field Trips

Please review the current VAS Guidelines and Waiver before registering for a trip.

Northern Harrier
Saturday, May 7–WSU-Vancouver Campus Walk

Leader: Randy Hill & Cindy McCormack
Meeting time: 7:00am
Meeting location: Orange Lot 2 (access @ Salmon Cr. Ave)
Register: email or call/text 360-975-2573

Targets are migrant and nesting songbirds including several warblers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, raptors, and a few wetland species.

We will meet at 7am at Orange Lot 2, which is accessible from the Salmon Creek Avenue entrance to the loop road; also the C-Tran #19 bus that stops along 29th Ave. We will walk both paved and established trails, including a few that are mowed or primitive along some of the field edges, the BPA powerline corridor and near Mill Creek.

Limit of 12 total participants. Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2 Terrain: A-B with a few steeper slopes, plus some stairs and hillside trails; 2-3 miles walking.

Saturday, May 14–Klickitat Co. Migration Count

Leader: varies
Meeting time: TBD
Register: email or call/text 360-975-2573

The Klickitat County Annual Spring Migratory Bird Count has several sectors that could use some help during this long-running annual census. Typically a great day of birding! Habitats would vary depending on sector you might wish to join.

Contact Randy or Cindy ( if you are interested. We will put you in touch with one of the sector leaders.

Tuesday, May 17–Vancouver Lowlands

Leader: Randy Hill and Cindy McCormack
Meeting time: 7:00am
Meeting location: Vancouver Lake Flushing Channel
Register: email or call/text 360-975-2573

Target species are a wide variety of migrant and nesting waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, raptors and both wetland and bottomland forest songbirds.

Meet at 7am at the Vancouver Lake flushing channel to scan the lake. By 07:15 we will move to Frenchman’s Bar Park and Shillapoo Wildlife Area at the end of Lower River Road. Additional areas for those wanting to continue could include portions of Vancouver Lake hiking trails and Shillapoo Lake. Trip will end around noon or later with opportunities to drop out between sites.

Carpooling as possible although total driving less than 10 miles. Spotting scopes highly encouraged, and bring Discover Pass and Clark County Regional Parks parking pass if you have one.

Limit of 5 cars, 10 total participants. Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2 Terrain: A-B plus an optional 250 yard stretch that crosses a cattle pasture. 2-3 miles walking.

Monday, May 23–Klickitat R./Old Hwy 8

Leader: Cindy McCormack
Meeting time: 5:30am
Meeting location: Port of Camas-Washougal
Register: email

We will plan on visiting areas along Old Hwy 8, Klickitat River, and a stop at the Little White Salmon on the return to check for Harlequin Ducks and American Dipper. Target species will be dry-land and oak species including Acorn Woodpecker, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Golden Eagle.

Meet at the Port of Camas-Washougal parking lot at 5:30am, just east of the boat launch. From there we will arrange carpools and head out for a fabulous day of birding! This will be a full day, dress for the weather, bring a lunch and plenty of water. Discover Pass recommended.

Travel expectations: Driving with several stops and some short hikes. Pace: 0-2 Terrain: A-C; 1-3 miles walking.

Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30Wenas Audubon Campout
Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12WOS Conference

Save the date! The Washington Ornithological Society is pleased to announce that our annual conference will be in held in the Spokane Valley, June 9 – 12.  Its focus will be ‘Shrub-steppe to Meadows to Peaks’.  

On-line registration opens April 24, 2022 at

Features will include:  Plenty of half- and full-day field trips Thursday through Sunday, Friday photo identification challenge event with Dennis Paulson, Saturday banquet and keynote talk by Mike Munts, Wildlife Biologist at Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, “The Great Gray Owl, Introduction to the Ghost of the Forest”  

What is WOS? A forum where birders meet to share information on bird identification, biology, population status, and  birding sites. Membership is open to everyone interested in birds and birding. More information?

August 30-September 1 – Grays Harbor County & Pelagic

Three-day trip to Grays Harbor County.  You can choose to join for one, two, or all three days. The pelagic portion of this trip requires reservations well ahead of time because the trips fill quickly.  If you are interested in the pelagic trip, please contact Randy right away by text at 360-975-2573. The slots on the boat that are being held for us will be released back to general reservations by mid-May.

VAS Field Trip Guidelines

VAS Field Trip Waiver

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